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Edwins Leadership and Restaurant Institute “La Grande Soiree”

About 200 guests turned out in support of Edwins Leadership and Restaurant Institute for La Grande Soiree. The elegant event which was held both inside and outside the restaurant on Shaker Square, featured Edwins tableside dishes, a tasting of new seasonal dishes, a behind-the-scenes look at Edwins restaurant, desserts, wines, cocktails, a silent auction and more.

The evening helped raise $30,000, which is used for free education, uniforms and books for students taking part in the six-month course at the Institute. The organization, which achieved nonprofit status in 2007, gives formerly incarcerated adults a foundation in the hospitality industry while providing a support network necessary for a successful re-entry.

Edwins’ goal is to teach a skilled trade in the culinary and hospitality arts. They aim to work with all of Ohio’s prisons. At any given time, 30-60 students go through the program, which is entirely free. Many go on to work in some of Cleveland’s top restaurants. Students at the Institute interacted with guests while sharing a variety of dishes, including many delectable French favorites, throughout the evening.

This was the first La Grande Soiree presented at the restaurant to this scale. Presented as an open house, guests enjoyed dining while listening to the music of George Foley Rolando. Main sponsors for La Grande Soiree were Key Bank, Third Federal Savings and Loan, Ohio Savings Bank and Dr. Elizabeth Macintyre and Dr. Joseph Sopko, among others. STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY SUE REID

 

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